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"Did you know that baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adult ones? They haven't learned to control how much venom is secreted. All of you are dangerous. That's why you're here."
Dr. Cecilia Reyes[src]

The New Mutants is an upcoming superhero-horror movie based on the superhero team of the same name. It is slated to be released on April 13, 2018, and will be the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series.

Synopsis

"Held in a secret facility against their will, five new mutants have to battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their past. They aren't out to save the world — they're just trying to save themselves [1]."

Plot

To be added

Cast

Production

At a Fox Blu-Ray press event in Beverly Hills in September 2009, Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed that there are plans for a film involving the New Mutants. However she stressed that it has yet to be pitched to the studio.

In May 2015, Deadline reports that Josh Boone was hired to direct and co-write, alongside Knate Gwaltney, a film adaptation of The New Mutants comic-book series. [9] Acting as a spin-off to the X-Men film series, the film will be written by Boone and Gwaltney, while Donner and Kinberg are attached to produce.[10]

In August 2015, Boone shared an image of the script which he was writing along with Gwaltney and was "not done yet."[11]

In October 2015, Boone had finished the script for the film with Knate Gwaltney, and tweeted that the first draft for the script is complete.[12] Kinberg has stated that the film will be a Young Adult movie.[13]

In May 2016, Kinberg confirmed that the script included Professor X, and stated his hope for filming to start at the beginning of 2017.[14]

3 months later, in August 2016, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who had worked with Boone writing The Fault in Our Stars, were also working on the script for The New Mutants. The title team's roster had also expanded to include the character Warlock. Boone explained that he brought Neustadter and Weber onto the film to write a new draft of their script while he and Lee were busy on another project.[15][16] During the same month, it was reported that Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber would write the script with the films line up to include Danielle Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Cannonball, Magik, and Warlock.[17]

In November 2016, Coming Soon.net reports that Demon Bear would be the main antagonist in the film, the site also reveal that 20th Century Fox is currently targeting a Spring 2018 release date, the film's tone is describing as a "Stephen King meets John Hughes-style horror movie" and that Nat Wolff is being eyed for the role of Cannonball.[18] Boone announced, on his Instagram page, that Pre-Production has began.[19][20]

The film had entered pre-production in Boston, Massachusetts by April 2017, in preparation for filming to begin in that city. Location scouting had been taking place, including at Medfield State Hospital, which was previously used as a filming location for Shutter Island.[21] Fox scheduled New Mutants for an April 13, 2018 release. Several weeks later, the studio officially announced the casting of Taylor-Joy and Williams, and was "making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors" for the cast, widely searching for a South American to play Sunspot and a Native American to play Moonstar. By then, Kinberg was producing the film with Karen Rosenfelt; McAvoy was no longer slated to appear in the film; and Wolff was no longer in the running to portray Cannonball.[22][23]

In May 2017, it was reported that James McAvoy would not be reprising his role Professor X for the film. Even though his three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox was completed with the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, it has been expected that the studio will re-sign McAvoy so that he continue to portray Charles Xavier/Professor X -- one of the world's most powerful mutant telepaths -- in New Mutants and Dark Phoenix.[24][25] At the end of the month, Henry Zaga was expected to be cast as Sunspot, and Rosario Dawson—who also portrays the Marvel character Claire Temple across the various Marvel Netflix television series—was in talks to join the film as Cecilia Reyes, a mentor to the title group.[1][26]

It was explained that McAvoy was no longer involved due to Professor X being written out of the script with further drafts, and Alexandra Shipp's Storm had likewise been written out of the film. Additionally, Boone confirmed that the film would be "a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different". He was particularly influenced by Bill Sienkiewicz' time as artist on the New Mutants comic, which he called, "a darker and more surreal and impressionistic X-Men series than we’d ever seen before".[1] Boone had previously stated that he does not like horror films, except for "classic ones" such as The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, and The Shining, but was looking to "pioneer and champion doing prestige versions of horror films" based on his love for horror novels such as King's works. At the end of the month, Charlie Heaton was in talks to portray Cannonball.[27]

At the start of June 2017, Zaga, Dawson, and Heaton were confirmed to have been cast, and newcomer Blu Hunt was cast as Danielle Moonstar after an extensive and challenging international search that prioritized "ethnic authenticity".[28][29] The character was believed to be central to the Demon Bear storyline that the film focuses on. At the end of the month, Dawson exited the film, and Alice Braga was cast as Reyes in her place.[6]

In early July 2017, ahead of the film’s spring 2018 release, the cast of New Mutants has arrived for filming in Boston. Stars Henry Zaga, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton have been spotted in the Massachusetts capital with filming expected to start any day.[30] Principal photography began on July 10, in Boston, under the working title Growing Pains.[31][32]

On September 13, the official logo for the film, courtesy of director Josh Boone, released as a blood-splattered and bear-mauled image, teasing the horror elements that will be on display in The New Mutants.[33] Peter Deming served as cinematographer for the film, with shooting ending on September 16.[34] After filming wrapped on New Mutants, Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider compared the setting of the film to a "Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting", and described the film as "a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining.[35]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The New Mutants details revealed: X-Men franchise goes horror
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams cast in X-Men spinoff
  3. X-Men spin-off New Mutants has found its Sunspot
  4. Fox's 'New Mutants' Casts Newcomer Blu Hunt in Danielle Moonstar Role
  5. ‘New Mutants’ To Star ‘Stranger Things’ Actor Charlie Heaton?
  6. 6.0 6.1 Alice Braga Joins 'New Mutants' as Rosario Dawson Exits (Exclusive)
  7. 'Stranger Things' Star Charlie Heaton in Talks to Join 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  8. 8.0 8.1 EXCLUSIVE: An Animatic from the New Mutants Movie Lands Online!
  9. The Fault In Our Stars Director To Helm X-Men Spinoff
  10. Fox Mints ‘The New Mutants’ X-Men Spinoff; ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Helmer Josh Boone To Direct
  11. New Mutants' Director Shares Screenplay Progress of 'X-Men' Spinoff
  12. New Mutants Film Script Finished
  13. New Mutants Will Be A Young Adult Movie
  14. ‘New Mutants’: Simon Kinberg Says Professor X Will Appear; Filming Could Begin Early 2017
  15. 'Fault in Our Stars' Writers Tackling 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  16. From All We Had to X-Men: Josh Boone, a Busy Man
  17. Fault in Our Stars' Writers Tackling 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  18. EXCLUSIVE: An Animatic from the New Mutants Movie Lands Online!
  19. [1]
  20. [2]
  21. ‘X-Men: The New Mutants’ set to begin filming in Boston
  22. Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams Set to Star in 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  23. One X-Men Star Won't Be Part Of The New Mutants Movie After All
  24. James McAvoy's Charles Xavier Won't Appear In X-Men: New Mutants
  25. New Mutants: James McAvoy Won’t Appear As Professor X
  26. Rosario Dawson in Talks to Star in X-Men Spinoff 'New Mutants'
  27. 'Stranger Things' Star Charlie Heaton in Talks to Join 'X-Men' Spinoff 'New Mutants' (Exclusive)
  28. ‘New Mutants’: Henry Zaga Set To Play Sunspot In ‘X-Men’ Spinoff
  29. Fox's 'New Mutants' Casts Newcomer Blu Hunt in Danielle Moonstar Role (Exclusive)
  30. New Mutants Cast Arrives in Boston for Filming
  31. Production Begins on The New Mutants Movie Today!
  32. X-Men: New Mutants Working Title Revealed
  33. Bloody New Mutants Logo Teases First X-Men Horror Movie
  34. [3]
  35. Fox’s Stacey Snider Gets Candid About Netflix, Diversity and the Future of Wolverine

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